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I've got my first guppies. Anything I need to know?
Old 01-19-2011, 10:45 PM   #1
 
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Question I've got my first guppies. Anything I need to know?

I got 3 guppies for my 5g sand substrate tank. 1 male, and 2 females. I plan to upgrade to a 10g tank later. I want to breed the guppies until I get an awesome outcome. I have 1 orange/white bi-colored male. He is beautiful! I have 2 grey females. They are all pretty small. I have hornwort in the tank in case one of the females has fry.

I don't really know that much about breeding other than, (1) parents will eat fry, (2) the fry will try to take shelter, (3) I have a contraption I used to raise a swordtail fry I had, (4) I'll feed them crushed flakes. That is it. If any of you could walk me throught the process, I'd appretiate it. I am pretty sure one of them is pregnant. Any breeding/fry raiseing tips will be greatly appretiated!

If there is anything else I need to know. The pH is at about 8ish maybe upper 7s, is that ok for guppies? How many guppies can I have in a heavily planted 10g tank? I'd imageine abit more than in a 5g, since there are more places to swim and hide. I would want to continue the 1m,2f ratio unless you guys recommend against it.

Sorry for all the questions. My friend's 55g is bursting at the seems from all the guppies he has. He must have almost 100. (I know...)

Anyway, thanks! I'll try to get some pics up soon. The male is SO beautiful! I named him Washington.
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Old 01-19-2011, 11:25 PM   #2
 
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Guppies are easy to breed so their is not much to it. Just keep the water clean which should be easy in a 5 gallon tank.
I used to use a breeder net for the fry but since changing to a couple of coconuts cut in half with holes drilled randomly all over i have had better success with the numbers. This way im not moving the pregnant mother and stressing her out.
You can speed the process up a little by adjusting the water temp. I keep mine on 75 degrees for a couple of days and then adjust it to 80 degrees and it seems to make the males more "active"

Good luck , looking forward to seeing pics of your fry (hopefully in a few weeks)
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Old 01-20-2011, 07:06 AM   #3
 
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Thanks! I usually know everything about a fish before I get it, but I've always heard there is nothing to guppies. The temp is about 75 right now. Thanks!
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Old 01-20-2011, 10:14 PM   #4
 
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Yeah, guppies are pretty automatic when it comes to breeding. I started with 1 male and 3 females in my 10 gallon and soon had quite a few generations. I just left the females in the tank to give birth but had lots of plants for the fry to hide in. The coconut shell with the drilled holes sounds like a great idea also.
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Old 01-20-2011, 10:21 PM   #5
 
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I think I will upgrade the 3 gupps to a 10g. With all my spare equip, it would only cost $14.

I have heard the expression, "guppies will breed in a muddy puddle in the middle of an earth-quake", so I figured it wouldn't be too hard.
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